Friday, July 8, 2011

CHRISTMAS IN JULY 2011: UPCOMING CHRISTMAS MOVIE AND DVD RELEASES

Since today is Friday and new movies usually (mostly) come out in theaters on Fridays, I first would like to share with you today some Christmas movies that will be coming out in theaters this holiday season. (Please note: some of these films may not be family friendly so just a head's up...use your own judgement)

A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas
Starring: John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris, Paula Garces, Danneel Harris, Bobby Lee, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Tom Lennon, Danny Trejo, Amir Blumenfeld, David Burtka, Fred Melamed, Patton Oswalt, Richard Riehle 
Plot Summary: The new "Harold & Kumar" comedy picks up six years after the duo's last adventure. After years of growing apart, Harold Lee (John Cho) and Kumar Patel (Kal Penn) have replaced each other with new best friends and are preparing for their respective Christmas celebrations. But when a mysterious package arrives at Kumar's door, his attempt to deliver it to Harold's house ends with him inadvertently burning down Harold's father-in-law's prize Christmas tree. With his in-laws out of the house for less than a day, Harold decides to cover his tracks rather than come clean, and reluctantly embarks on another ill-advised but hilarious journey with Kumar, taking them through New York City on Christmas Eve in search of the perfect Christmas tree. 

Rated R
Releases on November 4, 2011

Arthur Christmas
Starring: James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Ashley Jensen 
Plot Summary: Set on Christmas night, the story of Arthur Christmas at last reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child's question: 'So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?' The answer: Santa's exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic – a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns.

McAvoy leads the cast as Arthur, the good-natured but clumsy younger son of Santa. Arthur LOVES everything to do with Christmas; indeed, he is the only one in his family still captivated by the magic of the holiday. Laurie will play Arthur's older brother Steve, heir to the reins, a cool, incredibly capable guy who has given the North Pole high-tech efficiency, military-style precision. Broadbent plays Santa, who pictures himself as the guy in charge at the North Pole, but is now more of a figurehead as the operation has outgrown him. Nighy plays Santa's 136-year-old father, Grandsanta, a cranky old codger who hates the modern world, is always grumbling that Christmas 'was better when I was Santa' and has a tense relationship with Steve, who he calls 'A postman with a spaceship.' Jensen will play Bryony, a lowly elf from the Giftwrap Battalion, with an eager-to-please attitude and an obsession with wrapping and bows. Imelda Staunton rounds out the cast as Mrs. Santa, dedicated wife and mother to her husband and sons. 

Not yet rated
Releases on November 23, 2011



Not too much coming out at the theaters as far as Christmas-related goes, but I definitely will be going to see Arthur Christmas, as I LOVE James McAvoy (even if he is only the voice)! Harold and Kumar will probably be a DVD viewing.


Now, on to the upcoming Christmas DVD releases.  These will probably mostly be TV to DVD releases.


On Strike for Christmas
’Tis the season, and a mother’s work is never done. After years of making sure everything is perfect for her family, Joy Robertson (Daphne Zuniga) is saying “enough,” and decides to go on strike for the Christmas season. If her husband, Stephen (David Sutcliffe), and their kids want to have the perfect holiday, they will just have to organize it themselves. But as more and more women in town join the growing boycott and Christmas approaches, some of the families discover they have larger issues … and it turns out that a little holiday magic might be exactly what they need.


Releases on September 6, 2011


I actually saw this last year at Christmastime on Lifetime and I really liked it.  It's based on the book of the same name by Sheila Roberts, which I picked up awhile back.  I may read it this year for my Christmas Reading Challenge...who knows!


Beauty and the Beast:  The Enchanted Christmas (Special Edition)
Disney
Releases on November 22, 2011


There are no release dates for DVDs in December yet so I will share those at a later date.  Pretty slim pickings here...sorry.  I'm hoping to find out about some television Christmas movies and I will post about those soon.  I did a post awhile back regarding some upcoming holiday films on The Hallmark Channel.  You can read that post HERE.


Information was obtained from comingsoon.net and MyLifetime.com


3 comments:

  1. I'm not so sure I'll be seeing either of those movies. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. The one with Daphne Zuniga sounds good, I like her! And it sounds like a nice story. Oh - and just reading your note here about awards - I feel the same way. They are sweet, but I don't want any! Just stop by sometimes and leave something behind to let me know you've been there - that's enough for me!

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  3. Harold and Kumar? LOL NO way! LOL
    I loved the 1st but sorta hated the 2nd. I hope this one rocks. Thanks for the heads up.

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